Partner Schools Project

The Partner Schools Project aims to build mutual understanding, cultural awareness and resource sharing between rural remote Fijian schools and overseas schools, teachers, and other educational specialists.  Although this program has charitable opportunities, our goal is to develop an educationally-focused cultural exchange, in addition to receiving donations and learning materials for schools.

This project is a volunteer-affiliate of Rise Beyond the Reef, organized and managed by people like you who are interested in connecting with schools and communities in a culturally-aware and sustainable way.

Who we are
Rise Beyond the Reef is a non-governmental organization with a mission to bridge the divide between remote communities, government, and the private sector in the South Pacific, sustainably creating a better world for women and children. We work in partnership with rural remote communities and schools to help them address the barriers and underlying patterns affecting educational access, economic opportunities. and basic healthcare. Women and children are at the heart of our work because they are the most vulnerable in remote, isolated communities.

 

Our Focus on Education
Rise Beyond the Reef’s Educational Infrastructure Initiative focuses on reversing the opportunity gap for students in rural remote communities through three key strategies:

  1. Partnering with the Fiji Ministry of Education and teachers from around the globe, to provide professional development for teachers working in rural remote schools, and provide supplemental teaching and learning materials.
  2. Upgrading school facilities through strategic capital projects to improve students’ learning and living environments, and helping facilitate a more prompt return to school for cyclone-impacted students.
  3. In partnership with local talent, developing programming that integrates and celebrates the traditional art and culture of indigenous communities.

 

Visit our Partner Schools

 

1. Nailuva District Primary School, Ra

Type: Interior Primary Boarding School

Population: 240 students, ages 6-12

Boarding Population: Approximately 50 students

Cyclone Impact: High

Current Project Scope

  • Rebuild two teachers’ quarters
  • Rebuild one double classroom block
  • Rebuild one boys’ dormitory. (Building materials and labor costings are available for review.)
  • Supply boarding students’ ongoing food needs for 2016 . $800 USD or $1050 AUSD provides student meals for approximately two weeks.

 

Email janet@risebeyondthereef.org for more information.


2. Nakorotubu District Primary School, Ra

Type: Rural Coastal Primary Boarding School

Population: 140 students, ages 5-12

Boarding Population: Approximately 50 students

Cyclone Impact: High in the region, but the school is in good condition following immediate repairs.

Current Project Scope

$800 USD or $1050AUSD provides all students with breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner for boarders for up to three weeks. Food supply for boarding students and day students helps to address food security issues in the region. Post storm, communities have lost their income sources and crops, creating ongoing food security issues throughout the year, and preventing some students from attending school because they do not have a lunch to bring.


3. Nalotawa District Primary School, Ba

Type: Interior Primary Boarding School

Population: 93

Boarding Population: 86

Cyclone Impact: High

Current Project Scope

  • Repair and reroofing of two classroom blocks
  • Repair and reroofing of a blution block
  • Building of new teacher’s quarters
  • Repair of three teacher’s quarters (Building materials and labor estimates are available.)

 

Email janet@risebeyondthereef.org for more information.


4. Bainimarama Vatutoku District Primary Boarding School, NavosaBainimarama Vatutoku Primary Boarding School

Type: Interior Primary Boarding School

Population: 120

Boarding Population: 25

Cyclone Impact: Low

Current Project Scope

  • School supplies
  • Library books
  • Laptops

5. Ratu Nalewavada Memorial Primary Boarding School, Nausori HighlandsRatu Nalewavada Memorial School

Type: Interior Primary Boarding School

Population: 75

Boarding Population: 25

Cyclone Impact: Low-moderate (loss of crops in the region)

Current Project Scope

  • Food supply for students: $400 USD or $550 AUSD provides all students two meals, plus three meals for boarders for up to three weeks.
  • School supplies
  • Library books

6. Navilawa Village Early Learning Center, BaNavilawa Early Learning Center

Type: Interior Preschool-Kindergarten program

Population: 15-20

Cyclone Impact: low (loss of some crops in the region)

Current Project Scope

  • Early learning toys and games
  • Art supplies for preschool-kindergarten

7. Abaca Village Early Learning Center (due to open October-November 2016)Abaca Village Early Learning Center

Type: Interior Preschool-Kindergarten program

Population: 20-25

Cyclone Impact: Low-moderate (loss of crops in the region)

Current Project Scope

  • Early learning toys and games
  • Art supplies for preschool-kindergarten

8. Naidiri Bay Khalsa Primary SchoolNaidiri Bay Khalsa School

Type: Coastal Primary School

Population: 32

Cyclone Impact: Low

Current Project Scope

  • Art supplies
  • Funds for school field trips

 

CLICK HERE for a list of suggested items and costs when considering a donation.

 

Ways to get involved and help
We currently work in eight schools and early learning centers in Fiji. Our goal is to facilitate sharing of stories through partnership, in order to build understanding across classrooms. These efforts may include:

  • Pen pal or email exchanges
  • Virtual visits (we record videos of students and teachers sharing their world in Fiji)
  • School visits: We can facilitate a match for teachers and educators who want to visit a school or offer professional development services
  • Specialized training for youth and adults with appropriate/relevant knowledge of farming, animal husbandry, and ecological sustainability
  • Exchanges for those interested in crafts, particularly those with skills that could extend local knowledge in a culturally-appropriate way

Each school and community has specific needs that we help support by tailoring partnerships. Our role is to help facilitate that process, ensuring that your time and investment have a direct impact. Because primary students in rural remote communities often live at their schools as boarders, the needs are very broad. Our projects range from building new buildings and rehabilitating school facilities post-cyclone, to supplying school farms with planting materials that help address boarding students’ food security needs, and more.

To learn more – contact janet@risebeyondthereef.org

 

Recent Projects
Educational Infrastructure Projects in rural and remote schools We find resources not just to build buildings, but to improve the overall learning environment and make resources available to schools off the beaten path of aid and tourist dollars. The following schools and programs have benefitted from our Educational Infrastructure Projects:

  • Nalotawa District School Kindergarten Building: 20 children annually.
  • Nalotawa District School Class Building: 20 children annually.
  • Navilawa Village Early Learning Center: 15 children annually.
  • Bainimarama Vatutoku Kindergarten Building: 20 children annually.
  • Nalotawa District School Community Learning & Evacuation Center: 100 primary students plus 350 surrounding villagers will be able to access the library, technology lab and evacuation center.
  • Facilitated repair of building structures for Nakorotubu District Primary School post Cyclone Winston: 140 students annually.
  • Books, toys, water filtering systems, teaching and learning support materials, laptops, and Kindle readers distributed to six (6) rural and remote schools.